More Than 45 Labor Groups Announce Opposition to Weinstein “Housing Freeze” Ballot Initiative

SACRAMENTO, May 28, 2020 – More than 45 labor groups from throughout California today announced their opposition to a measure slated to appear on the November ballot that repeals significant portions of the state’s rental housing law (Costa Hawkins) and undermines the strongest statewide rent control and renter protections in the nation.

Labor opposition to the measure has grown substantially after voters overwhelming rejected a previous version of this initiative that appeared on the ballot in 2018. This year’s version is substantially similar.

Robbie Hunter, President of the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California said: “This initiative will only further the economic pain created by COVID-19 that is hurting working families across the state, including the men and women of the building trades. It will stifle housing construction and increase housing costs while killing thousands of good-paying union jobs our economy needs to emerge from this unprecedented crisis.

“Two years ago, California voters soundly rejected Proposition 10, Michael Weinstein’s deceptive initiative that would have made our state’s housing crisis even worse. Now he’s back with a nearly identical measure that would inflict more damage on a state that is already in an economic freefall brought on by the pandemic. We need to defeat this measure that will limit affordable housing, kill blue collar jobs and reduce funding for state and local services.”

The labor groups include: State Building and Construction Trades Council of California; International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Shipbuilders, Blacksmiths, Forgers & Helpers AFL-CIO; International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Shipbuilders, Blacksmiths, Forgers & Helpers AFL-CIO; California State Pipe Trades Council; California District of Iron Workers; California State Association of Electrical Workers; Building and Construction Trades Council of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties;  IBEW Local Unions 6, 11, 47, 234, 302, 332, 413, 428, 477, 551, 595, 617, 684, 952; Insulators & Allied Workers Local Union 16; Kern, Inyo and Mono Counties Building Trades Council; Los Angeles/Orange County Building & Construction Trades Council; Northern California Carpenters Regional Council; Plumbers & Pipefitters UA Local #477; Plumbers & Steamfitters UA Local 159; S.M.A.R.T. Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 104; Sacramento-Sierra’s Building and Construction Trades Council; San Diego Building & Construction Trades Council; Santa Clara and San Benito Counties Building and Construction Trades Council; Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, & Transportation Workers Local Union No. 105; Southern California Pipe Trades District Council 16; UA Local 114 Plumbers & Pipefitters; UA Local 230 Plumbers, Steamfitters, HVAC & Refrigeration; UA Local 345 Landscape/Irrigation Sewer, Storm Drain Underground Industrial Piping; UA Local 364 Plumbers, Steamfitters & Refrigeration; UA Local 38 Plumbers and Pipefitters Union; UA Local 398 Plumbers & Steamfitters; UA Local 460 Plumbers & Steamfitters; UA Local 467 San Mateo County; UA Local 484 Plumbers & Steamfitters; UA Local 582 Plumbers, Steamfitters, Welders, & Apprentices; UA Local 62; UA Local 709 Sprinklerfitters; UA Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 403; UA Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 761; and UA Plumbers Local 78.

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Paid for by No on Prop 21: Californians for Responsible Housing, a coalition of seniors, veterans, affordable housing advocates, labor & social justice organizations, sponsored by California Apartment Association. Committee Major Funding from Essex Property Trust and Affiliated Entities; Equity Residential; and AvalonBay Communities.
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